A new Disney Channel cartoon is facing backlash this week from the conservative Christian group, One Million Moms.
The organization is warning parents that the network’s new fantasy-comedy cartoon series, “The Owl House,” is encouraging witchcraft.
The series is based on a “self-assured” teenage girl named Luz, who stumbles upon a magical portal to a demon realm where she finds herself battling the forces of evil.
It’s in this “magical new world,” where Luz befriends a rebellious witch named Eda, and a tiny warrior named King.
After meeting Eda, Luz decides to skip Summer Camp, and instead pursue her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda’s apprentice.
One Million Moms, which regularly launches campaigns against questionable media content, started a petition, calling on Disney Channel to cancel the show, which premiered on January 10th. The network had renewed the cartoon for a second season before the premiere of the first.
“In The Owl House, Disney introduces kids to a world of demons, witches, and sorcery while inundating their young minds with secular worldviews that reflect the current culture,” the organization wrote on the campaign page.
“The show makes light of hell and the dangers of the demonic realm. Even the previews and commercials include such content that makes it difficult for families who watch Disney Channel to avoid the evil content completely.”
Since launching the campaign, more than 16,000 people have signed in support of cancelling the show produced by Dana Terrace, who has also worked on the shows, “Gravity Falls” and “Duck Tales.”
And One Million Moms isn’t the only big name going after Disney Channel on this one. Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) criticized the Disney series for trying “to portray witchcraft as a positive tool to fight evil.”
“Over the years, Disney has gone farther and farther into the darkness of the spiritual world that opposes the living God, coming up with programming and characters that lead the vulnerable into that dark world of deception,” Deborah Bunting writes for CBN.
“This spiritual realm that opposes God is real. Demons are real,” she continues. “And they are out to deceive your children and draw them in to be pawns of the enemy of their souls, the Devil, otherwise known as Satan. His devices and plans are to destroy your kids and grandkids spiritually, physically and emotionally. You must protect them from being enticed into this demonic world.”
One Million Moms piggybacked on that same Truth, reminding people that “The Bible tells us clearly in Isaiah 8:19-22 that there is a spiritual realm that is not of God. It warns us not to participate in witchcraft or consult with mediums but to call on God. Deuteronomy 18:10-11 also warns us to avoid witchcraft in all forms.”
The series is rated for ages 7 and up, with a warning that it contains “fantasy violence.”
And in an interview with Newsweek, the show’s creator, Dana Terrace, said that, “the writers room for the show is full of books on witchcraft, witches, and spells to take inspiration from.”
In an Op-Ed for Inside The Magic, TJ Muscaro puts it simply: “There is no such thing as a ‘Good Demon.’
Parents, just like the old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.”
Whether or not you’re in support of cancelling this show, it’s important to be vigilant and KNOW what content is entering the minds of our kids.
Ultimately, if it’s not pointing to the Lord, it really is just garbage. And in this case, “The Owl House” is glorifying the demonic realm and making light of a very real spiritual battle that we as believers do in fact face. In a very real sense, this show IS part of the spiritual battle to win over the hearts and minds of our kids.
Be on guard.